My Journey

My Journey (6)

I started this blog primarily to document my journey through an incredibly challenging situation I suddenly found myself in. It is meant to encourage and inspire others. I also write on topics of interest, like business and sports, and although I am a political junkie, I decided against writing about politics as it tends to be divisive. This time it’s different…and it’s not about politics. It’s about the devastating effects Donald Trump’s decision to effectively dismantle key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have on me and others like me. I didn’t choose to be in this situation, but here is how I got there.

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By the time I was diagnosed, I was completely dependent and had to rely on my husband for my care. I continued to teach since all my classes were online and I was able to work from home. This privilege was short lived, however, when I was informed that my contract would not be renewed. This meant I would no longer have health insurance and, since my husband could not work because he had to care for me, no source of family income. To put it mildly, this news was devastating.

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As I got weaker I became increasingly concerned. I visited another orthopedist, and within minutes of examining me stated “you have a neurological problem. I can’t help you with this”. Really?! I thought, “what was the other orthopedic doctor looking at?” “Did I lose three months treating the wrong problem when the actual problem is getting worse?” Now that the problem has been identified as being neurological, I felt better that at least we were getting closer to figuring out the source so the issue can be resolved

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In April 2010 I was asked to facilitate a course in Montreal. Having flown several times prior, everything was normal about the flight except for one glaring problem. I could not lift my arm fully to place my suitcase in the overhead bin! What on earth was going on??!! The aircraft was a Boeing 737, a relatively small aircraft so the overhead bin was not as high as is found in a Boeing 747 or other large aircraft. This was, of course scary…actually it was frightening.

I was born in the beautiful island of Jamaica and having grown up in a Christian home, I always participated in church and related activities from as long as I can remember. Additionally, I was taught to trust God and to put Him at the center of my life. I am the oldest of my parents’ four children, and I am the only girl. My brothers and I were very close, and since I was close to my many cousins, I recognized the value of being in a close knit family early on.

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I was born in Jamaica and at fourteen years, migrated to the United States. Growing up in a Christian family, church and related activities were an essential part of growing up and I was taught, at an early age, to always trust God, regardless of the situation.

I developed a passion for business and aviation pursued a career that would encompass both fields. I earned a bachelor's degree in Finance, an MBA in Aviation Management, and a Doctorate in International Business. Additionally, I was an entrepreneur, having founded two businesses. Armed with the degrees, and entrepreneurial experience, my goal was to be a researcher and facilitate international business, entrepreneurship and aviation management courses. I obtained a position as a professor at a local university and, as a researcher, often presented the findings of my research at aviation industry and academic conferences.

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